“It’s devastating and scary because you never heard of anything like that happening here before.”
Dalton and his mom Rachel have called this area of Newport home for the last 15 years…when an incident like this changed their idea of being safe.
“He’s never allowed to ride his bike out here at all,” Rachel says.
Dalton says its only a 5 minute bike ride from his house to his friend’s house and only 100 yards away a man jumped out of the woods and tried to grab him off his bike and then chased him down the street.
“So I was pedaling just fast enough to get a coast going down the hill and just out of the corner of my eye saw someone leap at me from the woods,” Explains Dalton.
Rachel still has some questions, “Absolutely shocked liked my son said you would never think that would ever happen especially living her in this small town everyone knowing everyone the next question would be who?”
The ‘who’ in question is still unknown.
Dalton said it was around dusk when this happened and he didn’t see the face.
“I really just prayed to god and just pedaled on.”
The Cocke County Sherrifs’ Office says they are looking into the incident.
Written by Emily Gibbons.
Nearby neighbor Nancy Miles knew something was going on at an apartment on her street.
“I’ve been suspicious of that apartment for quite a time now.”
That same apartment, located off of Dayton street in Knoxville, was closed by order of a judge under the state’s nuisance law.
The nuisance at this residence was multiple 9-1-1 overdose calls over the last five months.
Assistant District Attorney Sean McDermott explains the severity of the case.
“Basically this apartment was a modern day opioid den, a basis for people using and selling narcotics…resulting in multiple overdose and one death.”
Father & daughter, Gary and Cassandra Canupp lived in the apartment and were arrested on drug related charges.
On one of those overdoes calls a victim died, he was using a mixture of fentanyl and cocaine. The district attorney general’s office told us that it was Cassandra who gave him the drugs.
Nearby residents also had their own suspicions on what was going on in the apartment.
“I would see people coming and going and staying a very short time or going up to his car and leaving they weren’t your typical friends lets have a cup of coffee type,” Miles said.
This residence is the 49th closure by the district attorney’s office and Knoxville police department, in an effort to make neighborhoods safer.
“We had to step in before there was another overdoes at this location,” explained McDermott.
The Gentry-Griffy funeral chapel has been located in Fountain City for over 60 years now…5 years ago they added an on site crematory which has caused some concerns for neighbors.
Today Penny Berridge shared her concern with us.
“I’m opposed to it because it’s a health hazard, a visual hazard, there is no reason for it there is not another one anywhere inside of a community.”
She is talking about how it is located next to residential areas…but John Ricci seems to have no problem with it.
“I mean its an issue that shouldn’t be an issue and I don’t see why it shouldn’t bother anybody.”
The smoke that comes out is a regular part of the crematory process which Knox County Air Quality Management said the crematory has all the right permits to burn, with no harmful effects from the smoke.
“It goes into the air and it doesn’t bother anybody I’ve never smelled anything I’ve never even seen smoke from the building,” Ricci said.
Last week concerns were raised when a video was posted online showing black smoke coming from the crematory.
The funeral chapel released a statement on Facebook saying there was a “ unique situation that caused a brief intermission of smoke.” and “ self-reported themselves to Knox County Air Quality.”
The crematory is up-to-date on inspections. The last one was on June 20th where a previous inspection showed a temperature recording chart needed repaired and it was then fixed.
OAK RIDGE, TN–
Today a family was found dead in their home on Oak Lane in Oak Ridge.
For neighbors this came highly unexpected.
One neighbor explained it was highly unusual to see this.
“Shocking I mean this usually never happens in this neighborhood it’s pretty quiet, everybody looks out for each other and people speed but you never see anything like this.“
At 8:03 A.M. Officers were called to check on the family. When they arrived, they found the family in the home with gunshot wounds.
The family has been identified as Michael and Tessa Deuschle and Tessa’s special needs daughter Chelsea Kessel.
Oak ridge police chief James Akagi is saying this is an isolated incident.
“We do not believe that there are any more suspects out there, we don’t believe there are any more victims. We do believe the two females were shot at close range first and the man turned the gun on himself.”
The tight-knit community that surrounds this home is still searching for answers.
Another neighbor explain this feeling, “You don’t know what goes on in people’s lives and what challenges they face and it’s just like I don’t know…it has to be a desperate situation for somebody to take their own life and take their families lives.”
This is still an ongoing investigation.
Police left the scene around 4 P.M. and since then have been conducting autopsies to figure out the details of this incident.
CHEROKEE NATIONAL FORREST–
It had been four days since Katie Webb had been thrown to the ground and watched as Susie ran away.
“Oh I’ve just been so upset devastation is just not the word for it because you feel so guilty like it’s your fault,” Webb explains.
Susie is a 5 year-old Tennessee walking horse who went missing last Saturday during a trail-ride in the Cherokee National Forrest.
Continue reading “Missing Horse Found In Cherokee National Forrest”
There are some new things coming to the south side of the Tennessee river, but the rebirth of South Knoxville is happening right now.
Honey bee coffee is part of this rebirth.
“Business has been great, the first month we had a line outside the door everyday and we had a little break for lunch. Then people were right back to the door.” Continue reading “South Knoxville Rebirth; New Restaurants, Retail, and Apartments Coming Soon”
Written by: Emily Gibbons
Almost six months after the wildfires and Gatlinburg continues to rebuild.
This is a place that lost so much, Pastor Kim McCroskey explains.
“For a lot of these people that’s went here since 1948 it was almost like losing a family member.”
Continue reading “Roaring Fork Baptist Church Rebuilds After Gatlinburg Wildfires”